Mike Chen, “Here and Now and Then” (MIRA, 2019)
Mike Chen’s debut novel Here and Now and Then (MIRA, 2019) is a portrait of patience. The main character, Kin Stewart, waits 18 years for his employer to retrieve him from an assignment. Then, after being rescued, he needs many months to re-acclimate to his old life. Those waits, however, are... Read More
James Rollins, “Crucible” (William Morrow, 2019)
James Rollins’ books are usually categorized as thrillers, but most of them could easily be labeled science fiction. An instant bestseller, his latest novel, Crucible (William Morrow, 2019), is no exception, revolving around the effort to control Eve, an artificial super-intelligence. On one side of the conflict is a secret sect,... Read More
Tom Sweterlitsch, “The Gone World” (G.P. Putnam Son’s, 2018)
Tom Sweterlitsch’s The Gone World (G.P. Putnam Son’s, 2018) tells the story of Navy investigator Shannon Moss, who travels to the future to solve present-day crimes. The book opens with a brutal murder and a search for a missing girl, and maintains the pace of a chilling page-turner. But Sweterlitsch’s... Read More
Catherynne M. Valente, “Space Opera” (Saga Press, 2018)
The Eurovision Song Contest has launched careers (think ABBA and Celine Dion), inspired outrageous costumes, and generated spinoffs. The campy competition also led a fan to dare author Catherynne M. Valente on Twitter to create a science fictional Eurovision, resulting in the publication of Space Opera (Saga Press, 2018) two... Read More
Peng Shepherd, “The Book of M” (William Morrow, 2018)
The pandemic in Peng Shepherd’s debut novel, The Book of M, starts with magic—the disappearance of a man’s shadow. The occurrence, broadcast worldwide, is greeted with delight until more and more people lose their shadows. People start losing their memories as well—while gaining an ability to change the world with... Read More